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Posted May 16th, 2017 in Producers, Employers
The fifth installment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees will be due on July 31, 2017. As its name suggests, PCORI is a research institute, and it was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve clinical effectiveness. It is partially funded by fees charged to health plans.
 
The following list contains information and some reminders about the upcoming PCORI fee that is due:
 
  • The fee is paid on the average number of covered lives for the plan year ending in 2016.
Posted December 30th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Last week, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively the “Departments”) issued new guidance as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve.
 
 The guidance has been summarized into three different categories shown below:
 
1. Group Health Plans
 
Posted December 13th, 2016 in Producers, Employers

Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) is excited to tell you about the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. While the law primarily focuses on healthcare innovations and enhancing medical research, it also created a new type of Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), referred to as a "Qualified Small Employer HRA."

Posted December 5th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that is being referred to as the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill is expected to be taken up by the Senate this week, and the belief is the Senate will pass it as well. If passed by the Senate, it appears President Obama would sign the bill into law. 
 
Posted November 1st, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The 2017 contribution and reimbursement limits for consumer-driven accounts (CDAs) are now available and have been provided below:
 
Health Care Flexible Spending Account (Health Care FSA)
 
The salary reduction limit is $2,600 ($50 increase from 2016) for the 2017 plan year. Employers may also contribute the greater of $500 or up to a dollar-for-dollar match of the employee’s salary reduction. The maximum carryover amount remains unchanged at $500.
 
Posted September 13th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
Today, September 13, 2016,  marks the three-year anniversary of the release date for IRS Notice 2013-54, which ironically occurred on Friday the 13th. A few years back, benefits industry leaders thought employers could be deterred from adopting Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) since much of the guidance made changes to the types of HRAs that could be offered. Below is a snapshot of the (now) permissible types of HRAs.
Posted June 23rd, 2016 in Producers, Employers

The fourth installment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees will be due on July 31, 2016.

As its name suggests, PCORI is a research institute, and it was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a way to improve clinical effectiveness. It is partially funded by fees charged to health plans.

The following list contains information and some reminders about the upcoming PCORI fee that is due:

Posted June 15th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
In part one and part two of this series, we examined how employees are increasingly responsible for their own healthcare costs and have adjusted their expectations accordingly. We conclude this series with an important announcement:
 
Posted April 11th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
Originally posted on January 2, 2015 and updated on April 10, 2015, June 19, 2015 and April 11, 2016.